Daily Devotion for June 5, 2020

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 8

Divine Majesty and Human Dignity

To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, our Sovereign,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

2     Out of the mouths of babes and infants

you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,

    to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

    the moon and the stars that you have established;

4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them,

    mortals that you care for them?

5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God,

    and crowned them with glory and honor.

6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;

    you have put all things under their feet,

7 all sheep and oxen,

    and also the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,

    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Sovereign,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

REFLECTION:

David G. Trickett offers his understanding that “This text points us to the fullness of the divine mystery…. By affirming that God is one, that God is present with us in many ways, and that these ways are never susceptible to our complete intellectual encompassment, we see that diversity is at the very heart of God. Respect for diversities of many kinds is therefore part of our calling as responsible persons of faith.”

 

This psalm holds a special place in my heart as it was the focus of my first exegetical paper in seminary. My focus with it was not what Trickett argues for, but I completely agree with what he says and believe it is especially appropriate right now given recent events. Diversity is found throughout Christianity in many different ways. Scripture talks about the body of Christ (the church) as having different members (body parts) and goes further to highlight the different gifts of the Spirit that we may carry. When Jesus came to save the world through his suffering, death, and resurrection, the doors were swung wide open to include anyone who believes in him. There was no asterisk that states “except for the following groups of people…” What if we could celebrate diversity in the body of Christ, instead of using it as a way to oppress certain groups or exclude certain people?

 

RESPONSE:

Who will you see or meet today who needs your respect? In light of the unrest in our country right now around racism, how does this Scripture help you or challenge you?

 

PRAYER:

God of all, remind us today of the responsibilities that we have as ones who are loved by you. Help us to see all people as equal, loved, and worth. Place the Spirit in our hearts that it might drive out our prejudices and oppressive behaviors towards others. Amen.

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